Refusing the NYS Tests in 2016 – Our Latest Refusal Letter

I will readily admit that pretty much all of the text used herein was written by the fine people at NYSAPE and OptThemOut.com. This is our third year in refusing the tests, and I decided to include the text in the “we will opt in when…” graphic I’ve seen going around. Feel free to use […]

Caught Doing Good! Young Women Pay the Bill for Strangers at IHOP

While enjoying lunch with my mom and company at the IHOP in Clifton Park, NY today – March 22, 2016 – we were one of three tables remaining when the pair of older women sitting in the far corner were getting ready to pay their bill and leave. To their surprise and delight, their server […]

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

“Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?” was previously published on my Christian Humanism blog that no longer exists. As Christians, we are asked to accept the impossible with blind faith, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, and rose from the dead after three days. A big part of […]

A Closer Look at Genetic Mutations and How They Work – or Don’t

I’ve written before about the genetic testing I did with 23andMe <–my referral link, and especially about my MTHFR mutation, but it’s far more complicated than that. (And MTHFR is pretty complicated!) There are a host of other genetic mutations that make dealing with my DNA far more nuanced than just taking methylfolate and methyl-B12 supplements. […]

The Dangers of Heart Disease for Women with Chronic Illnesses #GoRed

Today is Go Red Day, and I decided to spend today focused on sharing information about the symptoms of heart attacks in women, and the related danger of missing those symptoms because they mimic the daily experience for many women living with chronic illness. The American Heart Association lists the following symptoms of heart attacks […]

‘You Don’t Look Autistic’ is not a Compliment #ActuallyAutistic

“You don’t LOOK Autistic” is not a compliment. If you just found out that I have Asperger’s, you may think that telling me I don’t look autistic is somehow laudable, as if I had a choice in whether or not I was born looking visibly disabled. Or maybe you think that I need to hear […]

On the Unlikely Occasion That We Win the Powerball Jackpot

It may be less likely to win the billion-dollar-plus Powerball jackpot than getting struck by lightning while drowning, but someone is going to win eventually, and why not plan for the possibility? To preclude the onslaught of sob stories and requests for handouts, I thought I’d just lay out exactly who would be benefiting from […]

New Year, New Me: My Relationship with Food

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions that focus on food in one form or another. The most popular version is to eat less food with the goal of losing weight. Another popular version is to eat healthier food – grilled instead of fried, salad instead of pizza, homemade instead of packaged. For me? I’m resolving […]

Using My Christmas Gifts to Build My Business on Periscope

I got some really great gifts for Christmas, including a beautiful blue topaz and sapphire necklace from my husband that I totally wasn’t expecting, but much of what I asked for (on my Amazon wish list) had to do with building my business on Periscope. I’m finally taking to heart all of those lessons I’ve […]

Why I Don’t Believe There is a War on Christmas

“Why I Don’t Believe There is a War on Christmas” was originally published on a Christian Humanist blog of mine that doesn’t exist anymore.  Christian Humanists don’t buy into this fabricated “War on Christmas.” Yes, we believe in Jesus Christ. Sure, it’s great to celebrate His birth. But the whole “Spirit of Christmas” has gotten to […]